The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy


2008 printing of the classic!

First published in 1912, Fr. Adrian Fortescue’s liturgical-archeological classic, The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy, remains one of the most erudite works ever written on the subject of the historical development of the ancient Roman Mass up to its present Tridentine form. As an authority on the liturgies of the various Eastern Rites as well as the Latin, Fr. Fortescue had a unique expertise in comparing the few historical liturgical fragments available from the New Testament, Apostolic and Patristic times to the learned opinions of his contemporaries, thereby skillfully outlining how the Roman Mass perhaps developed over the centuries. He especially focused on how the Mass organically developed from Our Lord’s First Mass, and definitively demonstrated that the traditional Roman Mass is the most ancient and venerable rite existing in the entire Church.

Hardcover, gold-embossing on the black cloth cover and spine (replicating the original look). We have included a colorful dust jacket (shown above in red) to protect this literary treasure for years to come.

Hardcover, 428 pp. 8″ x 5″.

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